Plectrohyla dasypus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hylidae

Scientific Name: Plectrohyla dasypus McCranie & Wilson, 1981
Common Name(s):
English Honduras Spikethumb Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2ace; B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-12-29
Assessor(s): Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Franklin Casteñeda, Jonathan E. Kolby
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson, Neil Cox and Bruce Young)
Listed as Critically Endangered because of a drastic population decline, estimated to be more than 80% over the last ten years, inferred from the apparent disappearance of most of the population, probably due to chytridiomycosis; and because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2, and its Area of Occupancy is less than 10 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, and in number of mature individuals.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in Parque Nacional Cusuco on the Sierra de Omoa, Departamento de Cortés, north-western Honduras, between 1,410 and 1,990 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1410
Upper elevation limit (metres):1990
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Population [top]

Population:This species was previously moderately common, but populations are currently undergoing drastic declines.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This stream-breeding amphibian is found on low vegetation along streams, and in arboreal bromeliads in lower montane wet forest.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species previously appeared in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In 2007, the overall prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in sampled individuals of this species was found to be of an order of magnitude of 78%. Larvae of this species which are infected with Bd commonly develop oral defects including disrupted tooth rows and eroded jaw sheaths (especially the upper jaw sheath) (Kolby, J.E., Padgett-Flohr, G.E. and Field, R. in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The entire range of this species is within Parque Nacional Cusuco. In view of the threat of chytridiomycosis, the status of this species should be closely monitored, and ex-situ populations should be established.

Citation: Gustavo Cruz, Larry David Wilson, Franklin Casteñeda, Jonathan E. Kolby. 2010. Plectrohyla dasypus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T55873A11366211. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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